Horton Farmers Market Newsletter

Lots, and lots and lots more food!

What does June bring?! So much more food! This weekend two more farm families join us! When more farmers roll in, that means things are growing out there in our fields. It’s always exciting to watch the market grow with the season. In addition to strawberries and asparagus, you’ll find fresh lettuces, early radishes, tomatoes, cukes and lots of other things popping up at this time of year.

Here’s some messages from our vendors:

McSmiths Organic Farm: McSmiths Market Stall has been heaping full of spinach and lettuce since opening day
now the produce line is also growing to include bunched beets, green kale, swiss chard & collards.
can you believe even zucchini in a week or so.

Greenleaf Gourmet: Will be back on June 16th with fabulous treats, sweet and savoury. I’ve missed you and can’t wait to see everyone.
The McCarvell Market Kids Crafts will be back June 16th with another amazing craft for all those creative kids! See you soon.

Grammies Creations: New “no -sugar” jams, so new they haven’t got there labels on them yet! The flavours are Strawberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Cherry, Cherry-Blueberry, Blueberry, Peach-Mango-Orange and Sunshine Marmalade.

Shastadolphin: Shastadolphin will be having 20% off!  Lots of new headbands available too.

Sunflowers!

The Harris Family will plant about 7000 Sunflowers this year!
Lots of babies on the Harris Family Farm this year. The first piglets arrived in early May. More chicks and turkeys will be arriving in the next few weeks. Cameron is doing a great job helping with all the babies, this will prepare him for his job of Big Brother in November.

We will have some fresh cut flowers every week. The numbers will increase as the season continues. Janis is planting and caring for a large new perennial area so there will be lots of flowers in the coming years. Farmers have to be forward thinking, always planning for next year.

It runs in the family…

Creative metal art for your home, garden & soul!
Jason is a second generation metal artist, who dabbles in torch & plasma cut flat steel / iron work, as well as recycled / repurposed metal sculpture. He has been designing and cutting metal since 1990. In 2010, he founded a small business to share his artwork with the world: JBweldz

Who knew?

This image was submitted by Monika at R-Grow Farm: These are sweet potato cuttings that have just arrived from North Carolina. These need to get in the ground ASAP because they are just a cutting – no roots, no nothing. Don’t grow anything like a table potato. Can’t wait to see everyone when we return in July!

Upcylced Greatness!

Have you seen Megan Intven’s awesome upcycled jewellry? Amazing stuff made out of really cool things. Stop by and see her in the South Pavillion!

Rum baba’s!

Sorry the image is so small! Maybe its a good thing, otherwise your mouth would be watering all over your keyboard! This weekend, Elgin Harvest will be bringing something special to the market: Rum Babas! Rum Babas (also known as bupkas) are a yeasted cake enriched with butter & eggs, studded with currants & raisins, then soaked in a spiced rum syrup. I’ll be serving them with creme chantilly (with real vanilla) and fresh, local strawberries. It’s a treat full of old world flavours. I will also have strawberry shortcakes, rhubarb tarts and chocolate & almond meringue cookies sandwiched with cream cheese frosting. New for preserves: Strawberry Jam made with housemade pectin. See you at the market!

Fathers Day Weekend

You do not want to miss the market next weekend!

  • We have the St. Thomas Youth Choir performing throughout the morning.
  • We also have The Friends of the Market offering a Strawberry Shortcake breakfast – to dine in or to go! The cakes are made with real butter, the whipped cream is REAL cream and the berries are grown as close to home as possible! We hope you will support us on that morning. Forks will be provided for those who want a spectacular breakfast and portable containers for those who want to save this treat for an after-market dinner. Makes a great gift for dad, hint hint;) All proceeds come back to the market. Pre-orders are welcome.
  • The Local Food For Local People Coalition is launching the Elgin St. Thomas Local Food Charter at the Market!  Join the fun. Learn about the value of supporting local food, agriculture and business. Take The Toonie challenge at www.ipetitions.com/petition/buy-local-buy-fresh/.  Grab an “ELGIN” card for a chance to win a locally sourced Thanksgiving dinner.

Introducing “Market Bucks”!

Want to win some cash to spend at your favourite Farmers Market? Of course! Each week the Market Manager will be asking you for your submissions for the newsletter, anyone who submits an item will be entered into a random draw to win $15 in Market Bucks.
This week we want to see your market “haul”! Take a picture of the loot you bring home from the market and send it to manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca to be entered to win. Submissions welcome until Wednesday June 13th.

And there’s more! 
As part of the local food campaign launch that is happening on June 16th, the charter will be giving a prize to anyone who brings in a coloured sheet  from: http://ontariofarmfresh.com/consumers/colouring-for-kids/ The market can’t wait to display your childs artwork!

Since 1878 Horton Farmers’ Market has been St. Thomas’ connection to community, the earth and the very best in fresh local produce. As a local, producer-based market featuring seasonal produce and local artisans, all of our farmers live within 60 kms of the market site. The Horton Farmers’ Market is located on Manitoba Street, 1/2 block North from Talbot Street (at the Giant Tiger stop light) with plenty of free parking. 
Become one of our great ‘Friends of the Market’ Friends of the market is an opportunity for the community to get involved to help promote the market and it’s related activities. Financial donations can be made by anyone, including vendors, market enthusiasts, or community fundraisers. Speak to the Market Manager on market day or by direct contact manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca  or  519-317-3398

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